5 Lipsticks for Valentine's Day Ft. Southern Elle Style
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Now to the lipstick options for this mushy gushy holiday, I wanted to bring out the best of the best for this round up. In case you’re new around these parts, I have hundreds of lipsticks (no, really.) Coincidentally all of my Valentine’s Day picks landed in the high-end spectrum (apologies if you’re looking for drugstore) but I did notice I mainly use high-end lipsticks and it’s not intentional by any means. Just worked out that way. Now enough jibber jabber, let’s do this!
We are going to start off with MAC’s Diva-ish which is a vibrant pink shade. Incredibly matte, yet moisturizing, it’s a win win for those who want to have a beautiful pop of pink color on their lips. This is a high-pigmented pink shade that is the stereotypical “Barbie pink” and I love the shade for this reason. It’s fun, girly and looks so nice as I’ve found this shade makes my lips look plumper and of course, like all MAC lipsticks, it has that intoxicating smell that makes me want to reapply multiple times throughout the day…or is that just me?
Now if you know anything about me, you know I am a total and complete fanatic for the Sephora Crème Lip Stains. The shade ‘01’ Always Red has been my favorite for years, but for this round up I wanted to bring the pink to life. I am talking specifically about the shade ‘09’ which is also an oldie but a goodie as well. I adore this shade, as it’s a deep pink that’s bright and veers on the border of pink and red. If you used one of these creme stains before, you know this has the longest lasting power of any lip product on the market. It's hard to remove at the end of the day, but it applies smooth and gives full coverage with only a few swipes. You just need to work quickly as this dries within seconds. This will last through the wining, dining and even the kissing ;)
Charlotte Tilbury’s Lost Cherry is part of their Matte Revolution lipstick line and it is the most beautiful in between red and pink shade. It’s not quite red, yet it’s not quite pink. Just the right combination and I love the in-between. I was quite turned off from Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks when I first tried the regular line, but then I tried a few from of the mattes and I was a complete convert. They wear comfortably throughout the day and fade naturally so the color slowly wears off and looks like a stain.
I received this YSL lipstick from Influenster, which is an awesome program. Completely free for you to sign up and you get sent free products several times a year on the promise that you will review them in the Influenster platform. No strings attached which I adore. If you’re interested in signing up, you can visit their site here. The shade '07 Fuchsia' is purple toned with hues of pink. This is a bold, bright shade that is unlike the others. This formula is moisturizing, glides on the lips beautifully and has great lasting power. This color really seems to suit my skin, but it's interesting how it looks in the tube. I am learning not to judge a lipstick by it's color in the tube because it could look infinity betters on your lips then it does in the bullet #lifelessons ;)
You know this wouldn’t be a proper lip post without mention of Too Faced’s Melted liquid lipsticks. The shade 'Melted Candy' borders neon pink, but not quite that intense. If you’re looking to make a statement, this is the shade (even more so than Diva-Ish.) This can be a bit drying so it would be ideal to apply some lip balm after applying this color; that will give the look a more shiny, plumping touch.
In terms of colors, I would say the Too Faced, MAC and Sephora are really close with the difference being the vibrancy, lasting power and comfortability on the lips.
Left to right: Too Faced, YSL, Charlotte Tilbury, MAC, Sephora
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What do you think? Which of these is your favorite? What are your plans for Valentine's Day? I'd love to know! Lastly, be sure to check out Lauren on her Insta or visit her blog!
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